Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing – #DUEA-EN051
1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner Wyrm monsters – When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can target cards on the field, up to the number of different original Attributes of the Wyrm monsters used for the Synchro Summon of this card; shuffle them into the Deck. Once per turn: You can target 1 card you control and 1 Level 4 or lower monster in your GY; destroy that card on the field, and if you do, Special Summon that other monster from the GY.
Date Reviewed: February 24th, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing is our Throwback Thursday choice and an old school Yang Zing card.
While Denlong gets most of the fame for the Yang Zing archetype, and while the archetype would have been so much better could they trigger off destruction from anywhere, not just in your possession on the field, Baxia is better the more monsters you use. At the very least you need your Tuner monster and then a Wyrm, Baxia cycles back cards per the number of different Attributes used for its Synchro Summon. In Yang Zing and now Swordsoul makes Baxia at least a two-card bounce back to the Deck. In Swordsoul Mo Ye would only get you a single bounce with both her and her token being WATER, though you still end up making Baxia using one monster and breaking even. Swordsoul with some level manipulation could get a two-card bounce, while Yang Zing easily could get a Baxia first-turn three-card bounce.
1-for-1 pop for a Level 4 or lower Special Summon from the grave makes use of your token to get back Taia or Mo Ye, which will trigger Mo Ye if not used in the same turn. This effect works better in Yang Zing because of their Special Summon ability off destruction, but it is still a good 1-for-1 for Swordsoul.
Baxia may not be the best in Swordsoul, but it can be a way to out stuff your opponent has when you are trying not to destroy.
Until Next Time
Throwback Thursday brings us to an old Synchro-related Wyrm archetype with a Synchro generic enough for other Wyrm Synchro strategies to use: Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing.
Baxia is a Level 8 LIGHT Wyrm Synchro (or Syncro if you got the misprinted first print of this card from DUEA) with 2300 ATK and 2600 DEF. Overall balanced stats for Level 8, and that LIGHT/Wyrm combo that’s good. Requirements are any Tuner and non-Tuner Wyrm(s), so easy to summon in a Wyrm Deck. When this is Synchro Summoned, you can target cards on the field up to the number of different Attributes of Wyrms used for this card’s Synchro Summon and return those cards to the Deck. Being able to bounce cards from the Deck is great, and you 100% should be able to get at least 1 card with this in Swordsoul with Mo Ye and the Token, or two if you used Taia and the Token. Second effect is a soft once per turn, targeting a card you control and a Level 4 or lower monster in the graveyard to destroy the card on the field, and if you do, Special Summon the targeted monster from grave. A pretty decent effect to pop a card you don’t really need in order to get a monster to help you make more plays. This is probably the most syngeristic effect for Yang Zings since they trigger off destruction, but Yang Zings are still in a rough spot without Denglong and we’re likely not getting that back any time soon. Baxia is a good card to have in the Swordsoul toolbox for the ease of access you have to this to help remove some of the opponent’s cards on the field while also giving you a chance to continue your plays. This is the kind of stuff that happens when you make an archetypal Synchro generic enough I guess.
Advanced Rating: 3.75/5
Art: 4.5/5 I do like the Chinese Dragon style of the Yang Zings.
Throwback Thursday keeps us in the Synchro Theme, with Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing. Level 8, Light/Wyrm, so we fit the Theme still, okay atk/def I wish were flipped at 2300/2600 and requiring a Tuner and 1+ non-Tuner Wyrm Monsters for Synchro Summon. Upon Synchro Summon, you can Target and bounce cards on the Field equal to the number of different original Attributes of the Wyrms used for this cards Synchro Summon. That should easily be 2, could be as many as 3-4 depending on available resources. Note two things: These cards are bounced back to the Deck, and this Effect includes both players, so you can recycle your cards too, if necessary. I really like that. Finally, also rather nicely fitting our Theme, once a Turn, you can Target a card you control and a Level 4 or below Monster in your Grave; you destroy the card on the Field and Special Summon the Target from your Grave. More fuel for your Grave, as well as getting a resource back to the Field, it’s a break even that you should plus off probably every time.
Art: 5/5 Not in our Theme directly, but another amazing pic here
I’ve already mentioned this week’s Throwback Thursday, which you now know is Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing. Baxia’s a level 8 LIGHT wyrm synchro monster that requires any tuner and non-tuner wyrms (deja vu), making it a valid target for Swordsoul of Mo Ye and Swordsoul of Taia, assuming you don’t need Swordsoul Grandmaster – Chixiao at the time. 2300 attack is rather low for a level 8 synchro, with 2600 defense being more appropriate but also on the low end.
Like most of the Yang Zing archetype, Baxia is more or less generic wyrm support, letting it fit Swordsoul decks like a glove; naturally being level 8 also helps. When it’s synchro summoned, you can target cards on the field for each different attribute wyrm used for its synchro summon and shuffle them into the deck. While you’ll probably only get one shuffle off of Mo Ye, using Yang Zing cards as intended or using Taia will lead to at least 2 shuffles, making Baxia a solid boardbreaker in a format with relatively small boards or just a recycler in a pinch. Baxia’s other effect is a soft once per turn, allowing you to destroy a card you control and special summon a level 4 or lower monster from your graveyard. Since Swordsoul usually uses tokens as their tuners, there really isn’t that much combo potential here, though in a pinch you can always bring back Mo Ye or Taia for follow up plays (though not on the same turn if you used them to make Baxia, since both are hard once per turns). In ancient times, you could loop Baxia’s effect to basically bounce your opponent’s entire board! But alas, Level Eater was too powerful for us. Overall still a solid monster for wyrm decks, offering boardbreaking and combo potential; can’t go wrong with running 1.
Art: 3/5 I get that the Yang Zing are good guys lore-wise, but doesn’t Baxia look a little evil? Still a pretty nifty dragon…lion, thing.
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